Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail
The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is contiguous with the Camp Milton Historic Preserve, which serves as a mid-point trailhead.
Built to connect Jacksonville to Tallahassee, the Florida, Atlantic & Gulf Central Railroad drew a great deal of attention during the Civil War because of its value as a transportation corridor.
Early during the war, an encampment named for Governor John Milton, Camp Milton, occupied a strategic spot along the rail line near Baldwin, where railroads met and still do today.
In August 1990, the City of Jacksonville applied to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the acquisition of an abandoned railroad corridor. In December 1992, the abandoned railroad corridor was purchased from CSX Transportation Inc. through the Florida Greenways and Trails Program. This trail is part of a nationwide, federally initiated “Rails to Trails” program designed to turn abandoned railroad lines into “linear parks.” The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is a 100-foot wide Right-of-Way (ROW) currently extending approximately 14.5 miles from Imeson Road in Jacksonville to the Town of Baldwin. A 12’ wide paved trail currently exists for hikers, bikers, and rollerbladers to enjoy. An equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. The ROW is flat and passes through rural areas with abundant plant life, wildlife, and trees.
Restrooms are available at most trailheads and at Camp Milton
The trail is open from sunrise to sunset. Leashed pets are welcome. Do not ride more than two abreast.
The surface is asphalt. Sheltered benches are provided as rest stops at regular intervals.